Whether it is a DIY project gone wrong or simply leftover paint from a room, knowing what to do with old paint can be a headache. Luckily, it doesn’t have to be; by finding out what type of paint you have and where you can turn it in, disposal becomes as easy as any other recycling job.
Do you have latex paint? Several manufacturers will pick up or accept latex paints. They include Amazon Environmental, Inc.; Calibre Environmental, Ltd.; Dunn-Edwards; Eco-Peinture; Kelly-Moore Paint Co.; The Paint Recycling Company and more. Don’t worry about what happens at the center — the recyclability of latex paint is sufficiently high: The highest-quality latex paint is turned back into paint, and the rest is made into cement.
If that idea doesn’t seal the deal for you, there is always the tax write-off way: Donate it. Whether it be Goodwill or an online site like Freecycle or Craigslist, plenty of people need your old paint.
Or, for the creativity seekers: Paint a board or a poster over and over with old paint as an art piece. Whatever you choose, be sure to check the label prior to buying paint next time — what is in the can matters.
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